Programme Assistant – Individual Contractor at the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)


United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

We are recruiting to fill the position of:

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Job Title: Programme Assistant – Individual Contractor, Abuja

Reference No.: 538633
Location: Abuja
Contract type: Consultancy
Level: Consultancy
Categories: Health, Consultancy

Purpose of Activity / Assignment

  • Support the coordination and oversight of implementation of the Gavi supported and other programs for strengthening COVID-19 response in Nigeria
  • Work in close collaboration with the Project team and relevant stakeholders for effective achievement and implementation of health security in Nigeria
  • Work closely with all stakeholders to achieve results and contributing to resolving project-related issues and information delivery
  • Support and report to the partnership liaison lead for COVID-19 response in NCDC

Scope of Work

  • Support the development of the project activity /work plans, monitoring implementation and ensure compliance with specifications and funding limitations
  • Develop framework for tracking of project and monitoring implementation
  • Support the project team to track, record and analyse data for reporting and timely communicate the results of analysis to inform program decision making.
  • Develop and maintain filling system for all project correspondence of Gavi-supported activities and other assigned task.
  • Monitor budget and track expenditures/transactions of activities, ensuring compliance of developed activity budget and approved standards
  • Under the guidance of the Partnership Liaison lead, ensure that the project activities follow correct financial and administrative documentation procedures in line with donor guidelines.
  • Support the development of periodic program and financial reports of the Gavi-supported activities
  • Support collaborations between NCDC and other relevant implementation and/or funding partners
  • Support implementation of specific projects, documenting and reviewing health systems aspects relevant to health security
  • Organize performance management meetings and engagement of stakeholders and project leads to ensure integrity and accountability of the program
  • Manage communications and help build positive relations within the team and external parties to ensure achievement of the scheme’s objectives
  • Develop and facilitate workshops, meetings, coordinates logistics, scheduling and participant communications.
  • Draft and follow-up of correspondences with relevant parties
  • Develop, compile, and write communications, create presentations, summaries, and materials to ensure better communication and wider understanding of the Gavi-supported program
  • Support any other projects under health security.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum of First Degree (B.Sc/BA) in business administration, social science or relevant field or Sciences with similarly relevant field experience;
  • Three (3) years of progressively responsible programme support work experience, with co-ordination and administrative work in implementing development projects, with a good understanding of the operations of the government, donors, and other development organizations.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset.

Knowledge / Expertise / Skills required:

  • Proven experience as program assistant or relevant position
  • Knowledge of project/program management and development procedures /techniques
  • Knowledge of performance evaluation, supervisory practices, and principles
  • Tech savvy, proficient in MS Office. Working knowledge of project management software is desirable
  • Skill in organizing work of self, and work with diversity and multi-disciplinary teams
  • Detail-oriented and efficient, proactive problem solver
  • Outstanding communication (written and verbal), inter-personal and leadership skills
  • Excellent time-management and organizational skills

Application Closing Date
11th March, 2021.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


  • Open for Nigerians only
  • UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
  • UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
  • UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
  • Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.


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